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Waubonsie Valley's Griffin Becker forces Naperville Central's Emmanuel Rugamba out of bounds
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Aug. 29, 2014 Waubonsie Valley's Griffin Becker forces Naperville Central's Emmanuel Rugamba out of bounds Daniel White caption -
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Naperville Central football coach agrees to end pregame prayers
Updated Dec 17, 2015 6:35 PM
Naperville Central football coach Mike Stine released a statement in response to last week’s announcement by Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges that Stine no longer can lead his team in prayer.In the statement Stine said that while the pregame tradition of gathering as a team will continue, the moment will not involve prayer or religion.“There won’t be any coach led prayer during this time or at any time,” Stine said.“I understand that a coach’s participation in a prayer or any religious activity with the players cannot happen,” he said. “Through this experience, I better understand the separation that must exist between church or religion and the public schools. Myself and the football program will conduct this tradition in a way that will abide by that understanding.”Last week the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint with District 203 after players and coaches were seen praying before the Redhawks’ Nov. 14 playoff game at Waubonsie Valley in Aurora. The foundation seeks to defend the separation of church and state. Daily Herald columnist Kerry Lester wrote on Thursday that former Neuqua Valley teacher and current speech team coach Hemant Mehta, an atheist blogger, was the person who notified the Freedom From Religion Foundation of the coach-led prayer. Naperville Central senior football player Daniel Bumpus released a team-endorsed statement last week in support of Stine, saying “(Stine) is the best coach in the state and cares about each and every one of us more than any other coach cares about his players.”Stine called the pregame tradition “a symbol of ‘Brotherhood’” and stressed the football program’s role to “prepare young men for life.”“We will continue to teach our young men how to prepare themselves mentally for any intense challenges that might lie ahead,” he said. “The tradition is part of that process.” Follow Kevin on Twitter@kevin_schmit
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1 Rauman, Brad Senior 5-10 160 DB
2 Bennington, Kyle Senior 5'9" 170 DB
3 Villanova, Peter Senior 6'0" 160 DB
4 Ahmed, Mujtaba Senior 5'11" 150 DB
5 Turner, Luke Senior 6'1" 200 DB
6 Affatato, Michael Senior 5'9" 160 DB
7 Conners, Austin Senior 5'10" 185 DB
8 Skarecky, Laddie Senior 6'0" 205 LB
9 Simpson, Jack Senior 5'11" 195 LB
10 Carlsen, Tommy Junior 5'11" 180 WR/QB
11 Ryan, Patrick Senior 6'3" 170 QB
12 Swarm, Trevor Junior 6'0" 165 QB
13 Coyne, Tommy Junior 6'1" 175 DB/WR
14 Allgauer, Ethan Junior 5'11" 170 WR
15 Meier, Patrick Senior 5'11" 160 WR
16 Ullom, Brady Senior 5'10" 175 WR
17 Boomgarden, Joshua Senior 5'11" 170 WR
18 Hall, Dom Junior 6'2" 205 QB
19 Ruiz, Joshua Senior 6'4" 165 WR
20 Lindmark, Branden Junior 6'2" 160 DB
21 Deinhart, AJ Junior 5'9" 175 RB
22 Smitas, Jacob Senior 6'0" 150 LB
23 Antrobus, Anthony Junior 5'7" 140 RB
24 Wang, Michael Junior 5'10" 170 LB
25 Tracy, Nate Junior 5'11" 165 DB
26 Jannusch, Adam Senior 5'9" 160 DB
27 Smith, Josh Senior 5'11" 175 RB
28 Whyte, Matt Junior 5'8" 240 FB
29 Matthews, Javon Junior 5'4" 145 DB
30 Frieh, Grant Junior 5'10" 150 DB
31 Soria, Gabe Senior 6'3" 180 DB
32 Trepanier, Tommy Junior 6'0" 205 LB
33 Gannon, Joe Senior 6'3" 235 DL
34 Gibson, Tyler Senior 5'10 210 RB
35 Murray, Joey Junior 6'0" 175 LB
37 Bohnstedt, Ethan Senior 5'11" 145 DB
39 Cray, Zach Senior 6'0" 195 FB
40 Delgado, Andrew Junior 5'6" 150 DB
41 Hudetz, Troy Senior 6'2" 215 LB
42 Oliver, Mike Junior 5'11" 190 LB
43 Meyer, Jack Junior 5'9" 135 RB
44 Jardine, Nic Senior 6'0" 205 FB
46 Rietz, Ben Senior 6'3" 155 DB
47 McDaniel, Derek Junior 5'10" 150 DB
48 Dengeneffe, David Junior 6'1" 225 DL
50 Manalo, Noah Senior 5'7" 230 DL
51 Hayes, Cameron Junior 5'8" 195 OL
52 Jean-Baptiste, Jonathan Junior 5'10" 225 DL
53 Conte, Max Junior 5'8" 190 DL
54 Anderson, Nick Junior 6'0" 185 OL
55 Nussbaum, Christian Senior 5'10" 235 DL
56 Ferryman, Carter Senior 6'2" 245 OL
57 Catalano, Brad Senior 6'1" 250 OL
58 Deutsch, Joel Junior 5'11" 180 OL
60 Roberts, Jack Junior 6'2" 195 OL
61 Mauer, Nick Senior 5'9" 230 OL
64 Story, Bobby Senior 6'2" 245 DL
65 Kribs, Matt Senior 6'0" 230 OL
66 Kapoor, Shiv Senior 6'0" 225 OL
67 Stempora, Luke Junior 6'0" 205 OL
68 Roberts, Omarr Junior 6'2" 276 OL
70 Peterson, Nick Junior 6'0" 220 OL
71 Borner, Darian Senior 5'8" 235 OL
72 Norwood, Michael Senior 6'1" 265 OL
73 Luke, Hallstrom Sophomore 6-2 275 OL
74 Archibald, Lavar Junior 5'11" 275 DL
75 Mohandas, Hari Senior 5'7" 195 OL
76 Turner, William Junior 6'5" 190 OL
78 Campbell, Trevor Senior 6'5" 285 OL
79 Hallstrom, Luke Sophomore 6-2 275 OL
80 Ochoa, Carlos Junior 5'11" 155 WR
81 Jable, Grant Junior 5'9" 170 WR
82 Burton, Kendall Junior 6'3" 195 TE
83 Vazquez, Santos Senior 5'8" 150 WR
85 Kennedy, Joe Junior 5'11" 195 TE
86 Piper, Drake Junior 6'3" 190 WR
87 Ross, Brendan Senior 6'2" 205 TE
90 Eckberg, Jacob Senior 5'10" 200 DL
91 Mondia, Joseph Junior 6'0" 230 DL
92 Villa, Gabe Senior 6'5" 220 DL
94 Navarro, Daniel Senior 5'10" 225 DL
95 McSweeney, Brian Senior 6'4" 195 DL
97 Leonard, Justin Junior 5'10" 205 DL
98 DeGroote, Zach Senior 6'0" 220 DL
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